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Old 03-12-2012, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Hello, would anyone be able to recommend a cruise line that is best geared for families? I have a 9 year old son who is very active. Thank you in advance for your time and help!
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:56 PM
 
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Hello, would anyone be able to recommend a cruise line that is best geared for families? I have a 9 year old son who is very active. Thank you in advance for your time and help!
Definitely Disney and I believe that Carnival has a pretty cool kids club.
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Old 03-13-2012, 06:27 AM
 
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I would go to Cruise Critic online and search around there for a bit. What you like and what others like could be two different things, and when you're on a ship for 5+ days, I'd hope you're getting what you like. Disney is way expensive, but very nice and made for kids. Carnival is cheap and you get what you pay for.
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Old 03-13-2012, 06:48 AM
 
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I agree with carroll4628, definitely check out Cruise Critic's website. I've cruise with Carnival twice and they seem to be very kid friendly. Given that your son is 9, he would probably enjoy Camp Carnival. Check out Carnival's website too. I've also heard great things about the Disney Cruise line (though you would likely spend more than you would on Carnival).
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Old 03-14-2012, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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Disney is great, but very pricey. For less, you can get just as much fun on Carnival, NCL, or RCI...those will be the better choices for a child.. Princess, Celebrity and HAL are fine, too, but don't have all the "child friendly" offerings that the other lines do.

Narrow it down in your head, then go online to each cruiseline's website and order the brochure. (no cost to you!) Then, you can get a "feel" for each line and ship, the deck plans are there, so you can choose the right cabin for you, and there's alot of info about cruising....the gratuities you're expected to pay, the dress code (if any), info about excursions, pre-cruise stays in the home port....just everything you'll need to know!
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Old 03-14-2012, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Thank you to all for your thoughts and advice! Disney is out because my son is not interested (saves me money too)! After some fast and furious last minute 'research' I believe Norwegian (NCL) Epic sounds great, especially the fact that it appears casual without formal eating arrangements. Thanks again to those who responded to my post!
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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Most main stream crusie lines have a lot of things to do for kids. Disney is good, as is Royal Carib. Cruise critic is a great site to find these types of things out. Hpbut honestly if it's a large main stream cruise line on a large newer ship you should be just fine.
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